Henning Larsen Architects brings sustainable Scandinavian design to Minneapolis

May 30, 2018 by  
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Henning Larsen Architects and MSR Design  unveiled their competition-winning designs for Minneapolis’ New Public Service Building — a municipal building that will integrate the Scandinavian ethos with sustainable design. Located across from Minneapolis City Hall, the multi-purpose structure is envisioned as the city’s new face of public service and will offer healthy work spaces for city employees as well as public areas. The building is designed with the hopes of achieving  LEED Gold certification. Expected to include 250,000 to 300,000 square feet of interior space, the New Public Service Building will accommodate hundreds of employees. The project draws inspiration from the abundance of greenery and parks in Minneapolis by incorporating a public landscaped plaza. The green, open space will not only reinforce the new building’s connection to the adjacent City Hall but will also help activate the street level. To minimize energy demands, the architects used climatic simulations and analysis to determine the massing and orientation of the building. “It will truly be a building for everybody,” Henning Larsen Architects said in a statement . “As an urban gesture, the scheme invites the public into the building by placing extroverted and public functions towards Government Plaza. The design approach, influenced by our Scandinavian ethos, focuses on creating collaborative and innovative work spaces, integrated sustainability and highlighting daylight as a human right and contributor to a healthy workplace .” Related: The 2018 Super Bowl stadium in Minnesota offsets 100% of its energy The interior design of the seven to 10-story building encourages collaboration through open stair connections and shared spaces. An optimized facade system will help modulate the amount of natural light in the building, while indoor plants and a natural materials palette will promote employee well-being. Minneapolis’ New Public Service Building is slated for completion by the fall of 2020. + Henning Larsen Architects Via ArchDaily Images via Henning Larsen Architects

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The Walking Dead cast speak out against illegal wildlife trade

September 11, 2016 by  
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Wildlife trafficking is serious business – so serious that the cast of AMC’s hit drama The Walking Dead have taken some time away from fighting zombies to film a new nationwide campaign to raise awareness about the illegal trade. An offshoot of the White House National Strategy to Combat Wildlife Trafficking, the campaign is a collaboration between the US Fish and Wildlife Service and the nonprofit organization WildAid. The series of public service announcements will be broadcast on television and social media channels throughout the month.

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Green Renovation: Leafy Waterfall-like Faade Transforms a Musty Old Building into a Lush Light-Filled Home

September 11, 2016 by  
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Like in many of Hanoi’s older homes, shutters and security bars closed off the original house from natural light and wind, giving rise to dark and moldy conditions. To open the house back up to daylight and ventilation , the architects knocked down walls to create an airy, open-plan layout and replaced clunky structures such as the concrete staircase and old security fences with slimmer alternatives such as a galvanized steel trellis. In addition to serving as a security precaution, the steel trellis was covered with green climbing plants to add fresh air, provide a privacy screen, and create an attractive green waterfall-like facade to be enjoyed by both residents and passersby. Related: Five-Towered Home Topped with Lush Banyan Trees Pops Up in Vietnam To prevent the common Hanoi problem of rising condensation in humid environs, an air ventilation layer was inserted beneath the raised ground floor. Skylights funnel daylight to the space, where light-colored lumpy marble stone then reflected and diffused the light throughout the interior. The addition of a roof garden protects the building from the harsh West sunlight and provides an area to grow vegetables and flowers. Vo Trong Nghia Architects hope that the Green Renovation’s highly visible and energy-conscious design will serve as a model for greening tropical cities. + Vo Trong Nghia Architects Images via Vo Trong Nghia Architects , © Hiroyuki Oki

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2016 Pritzker Prize awarded to Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena

January 13, 2016 by  
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Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena , 48, has been named winner of architecture’s most prestigious award, the Pritzker Prize . The jury praised the architect for his dedication to public service, and his prolific body of work that includes low-cost social housing and post-disaster architecture . The jury commended the 41st Pritzker Prize laureate in a statement: “Alejandro Aravena epitomizes the revival of a more socially engaged architect, especially in his long-term commitment to tackling the global housing crisis and fighting for a better urban environment for all.” Read the rest of 2016 Pritzker Prize awarded to Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena

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Koch brothers’ father built an oil refinery for the Nazis, says new book

January 13, 2016 by  
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A newly published book says the father of American billionaires Charles and David Koch helped to build an oil refinery in Germany that was approved by Adolf Hitler himself. “Dark Money” is a historical account of the Koch family fortune and its influence, among others, written by Jane Mayer. In it, the author illustrates the path of modern conservative activism as supported by a small group of rich donors. She digs back as far as the Koch family’s ties to the radical right-wing John Birch Society to show how rich conservatives built a foundation for anti-government (and often anti-environment and anti-people) strategies under the guise of philanthropy. Read the rest of Koch brothers’ father built an oil refinery for the Nazis, says new book

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New Jersey Approves $447 Million Solar Power Program

June 3, 2013 by  
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New Jersey just announced a major $447 million solar power initiative that includes an incentive for private citizens to add solar arrays to their homes. The plan proposed by Public Service Electric and Gas will also fund the installation of massive solar farms on brownfields and landfills throughout the state. Read the rest of New Jersey Approves $447 Million Solar Power Program Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: eco design , green design , new jersey solar power , Public Service Electric and Gas , renewable energy , solar farms new jersey , Solar4all , sustainable design        

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Safety Shorts Protect Your Privates From The Perils of EMF Radiation

September 30, 2011 by  
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Image credit Gizmo Watch Is that a smartphone in your pocket? We certainly hope not, because it is constantly talking to the antennae around you, broadcasting little bursts of EMF. As a public service, TreeHugger has shown a number of products designed to protect you from the ElectroMagnetic Fields that some claim can cause nausea, headaches, chronic fatigue, chronic pain, tinnitus and rashes, not to mention cancer. For your face, we offer

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Do Lectures 2011 – The People’s Take Over

September 30, 2011 by  
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All images by Leonora Oppenheim. Perry Chen speaking about Kickstarter at the Do Lectures 2011 Yesterday for our third post in the Do Lectures 2011 series we encouraged you to Start Where You Live. You never know quite how far you will travel. In the case of Welsh organic salt company Halen Môn their unique local product ended … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Vehicle Idling = Public Urination, says Canadian PSA (Check Out the Video)

April 13, 2010 by  
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Image: Youtube Disturbing but Memorable If you want people to notice your public service announcement, you could do worse than showing grown men and women peeing in public (on sidewalks, inside stores, etc). This is exactly what an environmental group from Canada did in an ad that they produced for their anti-idling campaign

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Terrific Green Tool: Precautionary List From Perkins+Will

November 23, 2009 by  
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Architects usually keep their proprietary research locked up and closely held. Perkins + Will has done the opposite and made it a public service

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